The Supreme Court: Rulings, Conduct and the Appointment Process


Suzanne J. Ragusa (Editor)

Series: American Political, Economic and Security Issues
BISAC: POL040030

The Supreme Court term that began on October 7, 2019 was one of the most eventful in recent history. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic colored much of the Court’s work, leading the Court to close its building to the public indefinitely, postpone oral arguments originally scheduled for March and April of 2020, and, for the first time in history, telephonically conduct oral arguments in roughly a dozen cases over two weeks in May 2020. The Court, which typically recesses for the summer in late June, continued to issue opinions through the second week of July 2020 because of delays caused by the pandemic. And substantively, the October 2019 Term included the Court issuing several orders concerning litigation over various state-government responses to the pandemic.
The Supreme Court’s October 2020 Term is set to begin on October 5; thus, it is likely the Term will at least begin with only eight Justices. The appointment of a Supreme Court Justice is an event of major significance in American politics. Each appointment is of consequence because of the enormous judicial power the Supreme Court exercises as the highest appellate court in the federal judiciary. To receive appointment to the Court, a candidate must first be nominated by the President and then confirmed by the Senate.
This book provides an overview of these important issues, including a discussion of their broader implications.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Supreme Court October Term 2019: A Review of Selected Major Rulings
(Valerie C. Brannon, Mainon A. Schwartz, Jared P. Cole, Jon O. Shimabukuro and Todd Garvey)

Chapter 2. Supreme Court Criminal Law Decisions: 2019
(Charles Doyle)

Chapter 3. A Code of Conduct for the Supreme Court? Legal Questions and Considerations
(Kevin M. Lewis)

Chapter 4. Supreme Court Appointment Process: Consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee (Updated)
(Barry J. McMillion)

Chapter 5. Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection of a Nominee
(Barry J. McMillion)

Chapter 6. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a Deciding Vote on the Supreme Court: Select Data
(Michael John Garcia and Kate R. Bowers)

Chapter 7. The Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Procedural Issues on an Eight-Justice Court
(Caitlain Devereaux Lewis)

Chapter 8. The Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Initial Considerations for Congress
(Valerie C. Brannon, Caitlain Devereaux Lewis and Michael John Garcia)

Chapter 9. President Trump Nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett: Initial Observations
(Victoria L. Killion)

Chapter 10. Judge Amy Coney Barrett: Selected Primary Material
(Julia Taylor)


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